Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Alex Burmistrov Not Happy With The IOC Decision On Russia

from Patrick Johnston of the Vancouver Province,

Alex Burmistrov, when told Tuesday morning about the International Olympic Committee’s move to essentially ban Russia from the 2018 PyeongChang Games, minced no words.

“Bullshit,” he said.

“With everything Russia has done for sport — it doesn’t matter, I’m not just talking about hockey or something different — I think it’s bad.”

“It’s not just our country that did doping. Everybody got caught, every country.”

After the NHL said they wouldn’t go, Burmistrov said it was hard to take.

“We want to win the Olympics. It was hard for us.

“It’s even harder right now.”

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: alex+burmistrov

Comments

Primis's avatar

This right here is why NOBODY should feel sorry for Russia or the Russians.

““It’s not just our country that did doping. Everybody got caught, every country.””

No, in fact it *was* your country that was the only one that got caught with a state-sponsored doping program.  Nobody else got caught doing that.

The only “bullsh**” coming out of this is coming from Burmistrov.

And if he thinks these are the only sanctions coming, he’s an idiot.  Because I suspect the IOC might make it very difficult for Russia in the coming years.  There will be a lot of “prove you’re not still mass-doping” for Russia to get through, and for at least another decade ANYTHING Russia does Olympic-wise will be under suspicion.

Posted by Primis on 12/05/17 at 06:37 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Exactly, Primis.

Do other countries have athletes that dope? Yes. But that is miles away from being the same as having a government-approved doping program.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 12/05/17 at 07:11 PM ET

Avatar

You guys actually think the Chinese are on the level?

Posted by Iamhaljordan on 12/05/17 at 07:14 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

And if he thinks these are the only sanctions coming, he’s an idiot. 

Did you read the ruling? If Russia plays nice and abides by the changes suggested, the IOC is already going to lift the sanctions for the closing ceremonies. While several Russian sport officials, and several athletes, received lifetime bans, ill be very surprised to see this go beyond next year unless Russia is openly non-compliant.

Posted by Hootinani on 12/05/17 at 11:57 PM ET

Primis's avatar

You guys actually think the Chinese are on the level?

Posted by Iamhaljordan on 12/05/17 at 06:14 PM ET

I haven’t seen China get busted for state-sanctioned doping yet.  Would anyone be surprised if they did?  Nope.  But they weren’t busted.  Russia was.  “Everyone else is doing it” doesn’t really hold up to scrutiny.

Another consideration:  Russia is a country of 143 million people.  For comparison, the US has 324 million, and China has 1.4 BILLION.  With so many people, I’m not sure China has to dope so much as just pull someone else out of their population until they find who they need/want, as they have a nearly endless supply of people to pick from.  Russia’s results, however, did (and do) NOT match their population base.

THIS WAS ALWAYS GOING TO EVENTUALLY HAPPEN TO RUSSIA.  It was only a matter of time.  And I’m willing to be that after being cleared to resume, the state-sanctioned doping will resume, because the alternative is that Putin’s Russia will just get defeated time and time again on the international stage, and he’ll never allow that.

Posted by Primis on 12/06/17 at 12:33 PM ET

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.

Smileys

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com